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Gulfstream Park Races March 4-5, 2006

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The Fountain of Youth Stakes
Fountain of Youth 2006

Corinthian leading First Samurai near the finish of the Fountain of Youth

© Cindy Pierson Dulay
The Grade 2 $300,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes is the major local prep for the Florida Derby and ultimately the Triple Crown. 8-1 shot Corinthian stalked the early pace of 7-10 favorite First Samurai, and passed him in the stretch to finish in front by a length in 1:49.00 for the 1 1/8 mile main track feature. However, Corinthian did not keep a straight course through the stretch, first bumping First Samurai into the inner rail, and then bearing out which pushed First Samurai into the late-charging 10-1 shot Flashy Bull. As a result, Gulfstream Park stewards disqualified Corinthian to third place, awarding the victory to First Samurai and the second place money to Flashy Bull. Corinthian's jockey Javier Castellano said, "He's a very hard horse to ride. He came out a little bit at the end, but as soon as he came out, I thought he was clear. In my mind, he's still a very immature horse, and he's always been difficult in the gate. He was tired at the end."

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